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What is the best way to start a healthy lifestyle or weight-loss plan?

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Drinking water

I have bought myself a big green container that holds water and has a little spout to keep in my frig. It helps remind me to keep drinking my 8 glasses a day. Its so much better cold than warm from the tap. It only cost $6 at walmart. The fill is on top so it doesn't leak.

- Submitted by ABALOGH 3/31/2010 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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Perrier - Great substitute

When getting that craving for a soda...sometimes carbonated water can do the trick. Add a hint of lemon or lime - Voila! emoticon

- Submitted by GOCELTICSGO 3/29/2010 in Getting Started | 3 Comments

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What can you do?

Make a plan that fits. Your plan has to consider you life as is, not what you want it to be. I am not going to pre-buy, pre-cook, or pre-package food for an entire week. So, frozen meals for the microwave are my go-to lunch of choice for work. Add a piece of fruit to make it to the next meal.

- Submitted by KACOPHANI 3/27/2010 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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the turtle approach

when i decided the time had come for some much needed lifestyle change, i knew it would be a difficult process. i call it the turtle approach. it has only 2 components: (1) eat more of the healthy stuff, less of the not so healthy AND (2) move more every day. it's not complex - it works for me.

- Submitted by IOWAGAL1957 3/26/2010 in Getting Started | 1 Comment

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Always plan ahead

It is so easy to think you can go to an event and promise yourself "I just won't eat any of the goodies"...If your going to a party where your pretty sure there will be lots of fattening food, plan ahead

- Submitted by LILAC93 3/25/2010 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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Have Fun!

By watching the Biggest Loser or seeing others struggle and hate what they are doing is no way to live. May take some trial and error but have fun and appreciate that you are doing.

- Submitted by KSIGMA1222 3/25/2010 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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Water. I started working out and water is the key. no if ands or buts about it half your bodies weight or more water water water

- Submitted by SLIM234 8/22/2013 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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moving is succeeding

Cutting grass or walking the dog......etc etc anything is better than the couch or buffett table I challenge anyone to cover their couch for a week, month, as long as tou want and see how mucj you get done and exercise more because of it .....if you absutely feel you need that small cone you been craving ...well walk to it .......no car keys .....good luck everyone

- Submitted by NVRDWN88 8/20/2012 in Getting Started | 1 Comment

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Office workout

I keep 3lb weights in my office so I can stretch, etc. when I feel myself getting sleepy at the computer.

- Submitted by TRAVELER37 1/12/2012 in Getting Started | 2 Comments

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Get sick

Not that I'd really recommend it but sometimes the kick in the butt you need is to get really sick. I got sick recently to the point of almost dying and my body pretty much made me start trying to get healthier. Its even rejecting some unhealthy things like pop from it. I used to drink at least a can or two a day and now I've not been able to drink pop in almost a week. I've been literally craving water and having to drink non-stop because I get so dehydrated every few hours.

- Submitted by KAYLEIGHJ1978 9/27/2011 in Getting Started | 3 Comments
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